Nigieria’s NIMC to outsource ID card printing

05/09/16

Nigeria’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has revealed plans to outsource the personalisation and printing of the national eID Card to private printing bureaus.

This is necessary due to a backlog of unprinted cards, and to ensure prompt collection of these cards by their owners, the body said.

Director-General of the commission, Aliyu Aziz, in his explanation, said outsourcing the card printing to other printing bureaus in Nigeria would also ensure that Nigerians who enrolled for the National Identification Number (NIN) would get the National e-ID Card immediately or within a maximum period of seven days.

Aziz, in a statement issued by the Head of Corporate Communications, Loveday Ogbonna, in Abuja, also disclosed that so far, over 11 million unique data had been registered into the National Identity Database (NIDB).

In his breakdown, he said about one million National e-ID Cards had been printed, adding that over 400,000 of these cards had since been issued to their owners.

The Director-General also pointed out that most of the unissued cards were lying in the NIMC state offices, saying “the owners are yet to come and collect them.”

Also this week, the NIMC noted that in line with the directive that established the body, and the presidential directive to data collecting agencies of government to harmonize their data with the NIMC, that Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, has given the nod for the release of data from the ongoing Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards registration exercise to the National Identity Management Commission.

The landmark announcement was made at the NCC headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday 31st of August 2014, during a courtesy call on Prof. Danbatta by the Director General and Chief Enrollment Officer, NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz.

Speaking during the visit, Prof. Danbatta said the decision to release the data is in line with Federal Government’s instruction to transfer validated data to NIMC. He said the collaboration by the two agencies of government was “to ensure that we have a secure, reliable database containing biometric information for all Nigerians, which will definitely augur well for the security of the country among other benefits”.

He went on to emphasize that “we are committed to this. We recognize the importance of this cooperation and I would like to stress the need to give it all the seriousness it deserves”.

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